Today was another long, long day, but some good progress was made. The bottom is finally finished!
First thing this morning I filled and sanded a few imperfections that had become visible now that the first layers of barrier coat were on. After that we painted another layer of gray barrier coat:
The reason for the different color of barrier coat is so that I can track wear better. When the gray wears through I’ll know it when I see the white.
We immediately progressed to the antifouling bottom coat while the barrier coat was still tacky dry to ensure a good chemical bond between the layers. The bottom coat is black, and makes her look very strong!
It was very satisfying to pull the tape off and see the bottom finally complete!
By then it was starting to get dark, but we worked as fast as possible and just managed to get a coat on the topsides before the boat yard closed. It was dark, so hard to see in these pics, but she’s starting to look pretty good!
So after three months the bottom is finally repaired and she’s almost ready to go back in the water. Quite a journey so far! Here’s a little recap: